CSI insights 2017-12-08T10:47:24+00:00


We share lesson and insights from our various knowledge platforms focused on corporate social investment including annual research and curated articles from The Trialogue CSI Handbook, and insights from the Trialogue CSI Conference and the CSI forums.

First day of CSI conference highlights collaboration

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: CSI, Media Insights, Newsletter|

During the first day of Trialogue’s annual CSI conference, speakers, panelists and delegates explored developments in the field of corporate social investment (CSI) and shared lessons from successful interventions. The two-day conference being held in Johannesburg on 24 and 25 May has brought together more than 450 delegates from corporates, [...]

Trialogue CSI Conference to explore how collaboration can enhance impact in development

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: CSI, Media Insights|Tags: , , , |

Businesses spent R8.1 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in South Africa during the 2014/15 financial year, but what kind of impact did this spend have? This year’s Trialogue CSI Conference, themed Collaboration for Impact, will explore how, if effectively strategised and supported through mutually beneficial partnerships, CSI spend can contribute [...]

CSI Forum: Social Return on Investment

By | February 28th, 2016|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums|

Held in Johannesburg at Tsogo Sun (9 February 2016) and Cape Town at Sanlam (11 February 2016)  Overview Effective monitoring and evaluation is imperative for decision-making, improved project implementation and determining the results of CSI projects and programmes. Social Return on Investment (SROI) – a fairly new concept in South [...]

Social enterprise and CSI

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , |

This is a summary of key points from the CSI forums that Trialogue hosted in Johannesburg (10 November) and Cape Town (12 November). Overview Social enterprise (SE) is a fairly new concept, steadily gaining international momentum. While there is an ongoing debate about its exact definition, a SE is broadly [...]

Will the revised BBBEE Codes impact CSI approaches to skills development and education?

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , |

This is a summary of key points from the CSI forums that Trialogue hosted in Johannesburg (18 August) and Cape Town (20 August). Skills needs and unemployment The government in South Africa spends 6% of GDP and over 20% of the national budget on education. Additionally, 49% (about R4 billion) of [...]

Does achieving CSI impact require companies to influence government practice?

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: CSI|

Trialogue hosted CSI Forums in Johannesburg (9 June), Durban (10 June) and Cape Town (11 June). This is a summary of key points from those sessions.  While most companies consider government a key stakeholder in their CSI programmes, it seems not many CSI departments explicitly consider the question: “should our [...]

Diversifying NPO income streams with crowdfunding

By | June 24th, 2015|Categories: CSI|Tags: |

By Denise Archer Crowdfunding provides a valuable alternative to traditional funding approaches. So how can NPOs harness this method to support their work? At the Trialogue CSI Conference 2015, two panellists discussed crowdfunding in the non-profit sector. What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding, simply put, is fundraising achieved through receiving small amounts of [...]

South Africa’s renewable energy plan needs a close eye

By | June 24th, 2015|Categories: CSI, Sustainability|

Lucy Baker, University of Sussex South Africa has become one of the leading destinations for renewable energy investment with an estimated R193 billion already committed. But there are question marks over how successful the programme has been in balancing the demands of financial and commercial soundness, and requirements of economic [...]

Put a monetary value on dignity? Here’s why you should.

By | June 22nd, 2015|Categories: CSI, Media Insights|Tags: |

“But I mean, can you honestly say that you would put a monetary value on dignity?” That was the astonished question I was asked by an audience member during a spirited debate at the recent Trialogue CSI conference about whether corporate social investment should continue to focus on straight grantmaking, [...]

From charity to BBBEE beneficiary

By | June 12th, 2015|Categories: CSI|Tags: |

A workshop by Transcend held in Johannesburg on 4 May 2015 Trialogue has seen phenomenal growth in corporate social investment (CSI) in the last decade, with research indicating three main reasons: moral imperative, reputation and the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes. CSI is entrenched [...]

Are organisations learning from their M&E?

By | May 25th, 2015|Categories: CSI|Tags: |

Monitoring and evaluation is increasingly becoming a donor requirement, with many NPOs investing in measuring the impact of their development work. Yet is this increased activity actually feeding back into projects to improve them? This question was debated in a breakaway session at Trialogue’s CSI Conference 2015.  Though over 80% [...]

The hard work of creating jobs

By | May 21st, 2015|Categories: CSI|Tags: |

South Africa’s unemployment crisis calls for innovative solutions, training and collaboration. Six years ago Themba Khumalo dropped out of high school and started making hand-pressed bricks on an empty municipal lot. He heard about The Awethu Project on the radio, joined the incubator, and was selected for their SME investment [...]